Category Archives: Trust

Advocates MUST convince “themselves” first…

Think about your own situation when it comes to being an Advocate for someone else.  Before you risk your reputation, credibility, position, you have to have convinced yourself that this person or group is someone you are truly passionate about and want to tell others about. If you haven’t convinced yourself, you won’t share it. …

Timing can “amp up” your advocates and what they say…

The other day I wrote a blog post on my WOM10 site, “Passion” is way too UNDERESTIMATED…, about passion and thought it deserved a bit more discussion in regard to being an Advocate.  Passion is without a doubt a key ingredient with an Advocate.  When someone is passionate about something they naturally want to talk…

True Word-of-Mouth is not about “the deal”…

All Word-of-Mouth is not Word-of-Mouth – there are differences and it can make a world of difference as you think about how to build your business using this powerful process. Now we have Groupon, Living Social, Amazon, and a host of other “super deal sites” popping up on our landscape and people often ask me…

Advocate…one key word must be included

If you went a month without being able to talk to anyone, would anyone be talking about you? There is a key word that is at the heart of being and advocate for someone or someone being an advocate for you.  PROACTIVE. If someone isn’t “proactively” talking about you, they aren’t your advocate.  They might…

Promises – Seth’s Experience with Apple

A few weeks ago I posted on my blog the Promises Architecture showing that making and keeping Promises is key to building Advocacy personally or professionally.  This is something I developed over 5 years ago and is proving to be even more relevant today with the advent and use of social media.  Today, I saw…

Word-of-Mouth existed BEFORE Social Media…

When our parents and grandparents were looking to find out who was the person they could trust to buy their next cow, or grain, or clothes, or car, they didn’t turn to the advertising in the local newspaper, the radio, or certainly not the TV.  They asked the people they trusted and had a relationship…

Why “friend collecting” doesn’t work

We hear about it all the time these days – you have to have thousands of “friends” or “followers” to make social media work for you – BUNK.  Whoever came up with this notion doesn’t understand how business really gets done. Think back to our grandparents era (and maybe before) and how business got done. …

“Promises Architecture” – foundation of Advocacy

If you read my bio or what this blog is all about, you will realize that I am all about helping people and businesses build advocacy.  While it started a long time ago when I was consulting in the areas of corporate strategy and customer experiences.  I never claimed to be the brightest person in…

Who are they?

One of the most helpful activities a business can undertake is to identify who they feel are their ADVOCATES.  While this may seem pretty straight forward, try it and you will find it isn’t as easy as you thought. Why is it so difficult?  Two primary reasons.  First, you have to identify the characteristics you…

Promoting won’t get you WOM – unless you’re a coupon

While I am on the topic of Authenticity and how it is such a key component to success these days, I wanted to bring another topic into the conversation – how does it help you build “Word-of-Mouth” with your audience.  From a business perspective, this is the holy grail – “getting more of the right…